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Lips Of Faith - Peach Porch Lounger - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
79
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371 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 20
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RuckusDu on 08-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This beer has peach juice, molasses, hominy grits, lemon peel, pale and biscuit malts, and some Brettanomyces.
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Ratings: 371 | Reviews: 84
Reviews by PieOhMy:
Photo of PieOhMy
4.27/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter.

A Orangish/amber. Thick white head. Lacing remains to the end.

S Very aromatic. Cider. Cloves. Apples. Peach. Cinnamon. Big hit of pepper and citrus fruit peel.

T Tangy. Cidery. Not so much peachy as it is citrusy and zesty. I'm getting more sweet apple than I am peach. But there is some hint of peach. Big boozy finish.

M Foamy (halfway down and there is still head). Finishes with a hard alcohol kick.

O Wow! I was not expecting to like this as much as I do. Good complex flavor. Tart and sweet. Boozy but nor overwhelming. Aroma is awesome. This is a really good beer in the series.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Pours a cloudy golden-orange color, kind of pale, no real head to speak of other than a thin white film that hugs the edge of the glass; minimal lacing. Aroma was, of course, heavy with peaches, but it was balanced out cleanly with a heavy dose of yeast. Some booze comes through on the nose as well, but not harshly so. Taste was kind of weird for me - at first, I wasn't a big fan of it. Peach hits a little too abrasively and is almost a little too sweet, kind of distracting to the rest of the beer. As it warmed up a bit, it got much better. Some alcohol came out and really helped to balance the peach. Also tasted some apricot and pear. Very slight clove and bubblegum were detectable, mostly likely due to the Belgian strain of yeast used. The mouth is left with fading notes of sweetness and yeast. Thin-medium in body, medium-heavy carbonation.

This one is still weird for me. The latter half of it wasn't too bad, but I didn't like it at first. Not completely awful, and perhaps I could evolve to enjoy this one over time, but at this moment, I'm not really digging this one. At all.

Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours yellow orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is peaches, musty yeast and brett.

The flavor is sweet citric peaches, champagne-like alcohol and some musty peppery brett. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with bubbly carbonation.

Overall, a very nice balance of peaches and brett. I like it.

Photo of ehammond1
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Urge Gastropub
San Diego, CA

Hazy, glowing golden peach in color with a creamy off-white head. Nice retention and lined lacing down the glass. Very pretty.

Sweet peaches lead in the aroma, as I was hoping, along with some biscuit and syrup sweetness, and a tough of a dish rag aroma I don't care for, unfortunately.

The flavor is peach-forward, along with just a whisper of funk, bread and biscuit, syrup sweetness, and again a flavor of wet towel/dish rag, especially at colder temperatures. The unfortunate flavors did seem to dissipate after warming.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Simple, even boring, considering the kitchen sink of ingredients. Tasty enough, but no reason for me to revisit this one.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that quickly recede into a few thin patches. Lacing is fairly light.

Smell: A sweet and fairly tart aroma. Big scent of peaches upfront with some citrus lemon and orange. Some funky Belgian yeast, Brett, and earthy grass. Sweet molasses, candied sugars, and bready malts. Definitely has that typical Saison scent with that earthy farmhouse element. A pretty sweet smell, but not cloying. Pretty interesting.

Taste: Like the smell leads, a peach forward Saison with lots of grassy funk. Belgian yeast and tart peaches upfront are followed by good notes of citrus orange and lemon zest. Brett along with some molasses and Belgian candied sugars. Lots of earthy grass and barnyard funk. A little bit of pepper. Some bready malts add some sweetness in the background with some notes of caramel and biscuit. Sweet but actually nicely balanced by the funky spice. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly syurpy but very smooth. Can't really notice the high alcohol content.

Overall: A pretty good Saison. I was fearful that this would be sickly sweet, but its far from that. Its sweet but fairly balanced. The peach and Brett add a nice and interesting twist.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 22oz poured into a wineglass

A: Dark orange, hazy, a hint of bellini, with a half-a-fingernail white fluffy head, Peach leaves a little lacing.

S: Very interesting. Herbaceous with strong lemon peel, earth, peach, and a hint of sweetness (most likely from the molasses).

T: It starts out malty and bitter from lemon peel, but some peach enters the flavor shortly after. There is a bit of a sour flavor from the peach and lemon. The molasses is not very sweet, more of the stale sweet flavor mixes with slightly refreshing peach in the finish.

M: Medium and lingering.

O: An interesting mix of flavors. The aroma works better than the taste. The molasses confuses the finish, and the beer might be better without it.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours an orange body with slight golden tints to it with a small off-white head that has decent retention. A small cap forms on top and random bits of lacing cling to the glass.

S: Some light peach upfront with a malty sweetness on the back, presumably from the molasses. Slight funk mixed in.

T: More peach in the beginning mixed with a bit of citrus. This is followed up by a pretty heavy malt sweetness. There is a bit of straw/mustiness mixed in as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, but was hoping for a bit more in terms of the peaches. The entire time I drank it, I wanted the beer to be much tarter as well.

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a goblet. Served at around 50 degrees.

Peach Porch Lounger is a pale golden yellow color with good clarity. It has thick head at first but settles somewhat quickly leaving some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is pleasantly peachy with hints of lemon and wild yeast.

Flavor is more mild and balanced than expected, especially given it is over 9% ABV. Sweet up front which leads to a lemon tartness towards the middle. It finishes slightly sour with a dryness from the alcohol. It hides it's strength well but it doesn't shout about it's attributes either.

Mouthfeel is balanced and drinkable. Deceptively smooth and fairly refreshing on a hot August day.

Overall a very solid beer but one that really doesn't fall into a category. I wouldn't call it a saison/farmhouse as it says here. Somewhere between a fruit/veg beer and a wild ale.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head. Aroma of peach and biscuit. Wow -- the brettanomyces gives an excellent kick of sour, balancing out the sweet peach and bready malts. A bit cloying in the finish, but this is really tasty and really interesting.

Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - copper with a thin white head that has little retention; carbonation bubbles rising to the top

S - some yeast, a hint of peach, fruity, some warming alcohol, maybe some white grapes

T - funky, yeast, some peach, faint white grapes, alcohol, molasses is there adding some earthiness

M - warm, medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit crisp

I like this. The alcohol is bit heavy but the peaches are a bit sweet. The Belgian yeast adds some funk and some additional fruit. This is a nice twist on a Saison. It's worth a try.

Photo of RickS95
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not surprisingly, it pours a peachy color. It's got a slight haze so it's predominantly opaque, though barely. The head is barely mentionable and lacks any sort of retention.

The smell confused me until I saw this was a saison and I read about the Brett. It then made sense. Funky is the only way to describe it. Has a fruity, cinnamony smell. Very pleasant.

Cinnamon and alcohol with only a smatter of peach. You'd guess the citrus aspect, but may not choose peach. Really, too many flavors going on to pick them all out.

There are layers of feel to this beer. Starts off with an acidy citrus feel. Spices start to kick in mid-sip, along with the funky yeast. In the finish, some spicy bitterness along with some ABV heat.

I didn't know what to think of this. I like peach flavor, high ABV and saisons, but didn't know how they'd all work together. As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about. It's a strange-ish beer, but it all works out.

Photo of dbossman
3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Apricot hue with a large head that quickly fades to a steady thin film: lacing is okay

S: Definitely some peach a long with some slight funk: hay, grass, grains, mustiness also, and plenty of lemon and lemon rind with a subtle brown sugary undertone

T: Very dry on the front; not the funk I thought might be here from the aroma: still some though--especially in the finish--wet hay, grass; I like how the peach and lemon are subtle and really play of the brett nicely; some slight alcohol burn on the finish but not too hot--considering it's almost 10%

F: Dry and crisp up front with a lingering stickiness in the finish; somewhat creamy in between

O: A really nice wild from a brewery that has done a lot of nice wilds; like I said earlier I love how the fruit flavors mingle with the brett; this is a really refreshing beer and great for the summer to fall transition

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Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours broonze colored with a finger of ivory colored head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Sourness, grass, dirt & a bit of citrus some peach & apricoot as tis warms

T: Follows the nose, some tart peach & dryness too up front. Some nectarine notes as this warms, plus a bit of apricot, dryness & a touch of hay & tartness . Finishes tart, fruitty &msemi-dry with just bit of boozey peach & pears

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, nice puckery notes to this

Great drinkability with a failry interesting flavor profile

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a clear gold, topped with 1 ½ fingers of thick bright white head. This maintains a sturdy ½ finger or so in the glass, leaving back a robust cascade of sudsy lacing. The aroma smells of juicy peaches, a splash of tart lemon, soft bready notes, spice, ripe earthy character and a touch of acidic sourness on the edges. Alcohol gives this some fullness in the nose.

The taste is more peach flavor, which mingles with notes of sweet doughy sugars, earth, lemon and a touch of sourness. Spice is throughout the profile, giving this a bit of a festive feel and lingers in the finish with some dry earthy character. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a firm creaminess up front that prickles the tongue and then a bit creamier feeling along the back. This drinks on the bigger side because of the higher alcohol here but this is pretty smooth considering the overall size.

While not overly complex, I still found this to be a fairly interesting take on a Saison, with those peach and Brett flavors standing out to me the most. This drank very well too, with me splitting this bottle probably aiding in any kind of palate fatigue I might have experienced otherwise. Considering this is one of the cheaper Lips of Faith offerings, I'd say that it's probably worth checking out. Especially if you've been intrigued by other offerings in the series.

Photo of thagr81us
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, peach, fruit, tart, and subtle funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, peach, fruit, peach juice, earth, metallic, wheat, and grain. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. Nothing on this one really stood out to me with the exception of the peach juice flavor. This was not a good thing by the way. It was rather overwhelming on the peach on this one if I am honest. It wasn’t like eating a peach, but rather like sucking its insides out through a straw in concentrated fashion. This pretty much killed it for me on the flavor and really hurt its score on the flavor aspect. If you like peaches you should try this, if not, avoid at all costs.

Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours hazy and orange, with peach tinged foam that quickly goes away.

Peach, biscuits, and slightly funky, not much to say about this.

The rather approachable quaff of peaches is overpowered by the funk, terribly balanced.

Light-bodied, high and tight carbonation, funk, and sticky.

Overall, I'd have to say dial down on the funk and up the peach, not very good.

Photo of nimrod979
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a one finger, quickly dissipating white head. Small spots of lacing here and there.

Aroma: Fruity. peaches and pineapple. Slightly herbal and some funky funk going on.

Taste: Starts out sweet and fruity. Peach flavor and molasses mixing with the malts. Gets a little tart and some funk on the back end. The bretta works well. Alcohol here and there.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. A little low on the carbonation. Finish is really dry. Beer has some mild complexity but I like whats going on.

Photo of KDawg
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from tap into a tulip. Pours a hazy orange color with a nice head.

Very nice and balanced aromas of hops, peaches, pears, florals and citrus tones as well.

really good and smooth feel. Balanced with fuller body to it and flavors of peaches, hops, pears and citrus notes.

This was really enjoyable. The peach was there, but it wasn't overwhelming. I thought it held the alcohol well as well.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
9.4% ABV, date code printed in screened label.

I've read G.Love is a huge fan of craft beer. Another cool beer/music collab from New Belgium!

A - Finely hazed, this bright golden orange beer shimmers with color. Hey, it even looks like a peach! The densely packed bubbles which rest on the beer, fed by constant carbonation streaming from the glass' nucleation point, leave thin wispy lace trickling down the glass as it recedes.

S - Peach Porch Lounger opens with a bold dry aroma that's reminiscent of a Belgian farmhouse ale and almost whisks you away to the backwoods-y, beat up porch depicted on the label. White pepper and fine clove spice notes follow with a squeezed peach juice undertone. A touch of toast emerges, but aside from a pale base, the maltiness coming through has a pilsner-like sweetness which fades into the musty, dry finish nicely. As the beer warms, a subtle English-hopped earthy aroma opens up, really adding to the already natural, earthy nose.

T - Quite similar to the aroma, only unexpectedly more pronounced, Peach Porch Lounger takes a sudden twist. Foreshadowed by mild musty funk in the aroma, Brett comes in to play in a big way in flavor, opening with a bolder musty, dry funk that's akin to that dingy corner of the basement everyone has ignored. Take that as you will. White pepper, grey clay, wet rocks, and clove find their way in from a more subtle Belgian yeast strain which, along with earthy English hops, dries out the palate tremendously. While absent in aroma, there's a gently nod to molasses in flavor with just a drop adding complexity to the finish. Despite the name, I find peach is tertiary in flavor, finishing out with a light squeeze of leftover juice. With all that's going on here, it becomes quite easy to ignore the sweet malt base which adds plenty of complexity all it's own.

M - At almost 9.5% ABV, the alcohol hides surprisingly well in this beer; phenols and heat totally absent. What does show from the big, and somewhat unnecessary, alcohol level is the sticky sweetness and fuller body. I get that it's a "lounging" beer, but all ingredients under consideration, I'd personally have enjoyed this as a somewhat thinner, lighter bodied beer allowing the peach juice to emerge more. The feel is still quite good, however, keeping the beer's complexity alive with a very dry balance and light citric acidity from the lemon peel. Gentle, prickly carbonation dances on the tongue; the last defense in keeping this beer from total cloying sticky sweetness.

O - At it's core, Peach Porch Lounger is a superbly crafted beer, expertly brewed to balance layers of deep complexity from the malt base to the yeast esters and beyond. But that complexity is lost when you're looking for a thoughtless lounging beer you can kick back with and enjoy more than one glass of. It's unnecessarily high alcohol content distracts from the peach nuances which are emphasized in both the name and on the label as well as the additional adjunct ingredients. Not to say this needs to be a light lager robust with sugary peach flavor, just something a little more approachable; something that won't knock you on your ass. When all is said and done, New Belgium's second collaboration with a musician, G.Love this time around, is a fine experimental beer that suggests many different styles, blended into one for a rather enjoyable outcome but certainly not something I would want to kick back and relax with if given the choice, as one glass becomes taxing enough towards the finish.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

RB

Picked this up tonight at the Boise COOP... Pleasantly surprised at the price... pretty sure was under $6... Poured into my HotD goblet... short lasting white head... no real lacing and little retention.. the brew is slightly hazed polished golden.. very pretty despite the head negatives.

Fruit nose seems like a bit of "cooked or canned peach"... a bit of an earthy note makes me think "brett", but it is very mild.. some light pale malt helps carry the fruit... never sweet smelling..

Honestly, the peach sorta moves in the palate.. but it seems more like apricot... Not getting too much in the "brett" area... fruity.. mild earthy notes...

Body is a bit high.... but that is expected given the ABV... I would prefer something that is fruity and funky and ready to drink NOW... I have a little doubt that this one is gonna get better in the cellar.. I will probably buy a few for later tastings.

Overall... I am banking on this one being fairly cheap and will get better with some age.

3.5/3.5/4/3.5/4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy medium golden amber. Half finger fine off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast and spicing, light bready malt and a hint of lemon. Flavor is mild malt, lemon, light fruit (but not identifiable as peach), saison spicing. Finishes semi-dry with light wild yeast. This starts off slightly sweet, but finishes straight to saison style. Light bodied, but very active carbonation gives a pleasant sharpness and mouth feel. An interesting take on the saison style.

Photo of metter98
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of peaches are present in the nose.
T: The taste has some flavors of peaches but these aren't that prominent and are somewhat obscured by notes of malts.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer would be a lot better if it had more peach flavors.

Photo of SHODriver
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a nice slightly chill hazed golden orange with a finger of white head that fades to a small pool in a duvel tulip
S: smells of peaches, lemon zest, spicy yeast and a little bit of malt aroma
T: peaches, slight spicy yeast character, barnyard funk, a bit of pale malt, some lemon zest. slightly biscuity at times. aftertaste is a bit more lemon peel and peach with some slight funk and a bit of sugary sweetness
M: medium in the mouth and fairly vigorous carbonation. a bit too thick but I think the grits and molasses might have upped the unfermentables leaving the gravity where it is
O: not bad but not great, interesting flavors but I'm having a hard time wrapping my palate around all of them to decide if this beer works or not. It's has some nice flavors and some interesting qualities but it doesn't quite fit the style. For what it is it's pretty solid. I got the last one they had on the shelf and I'm happy to have snagged it. Unfortunately it doesn't quite drink like a saison.

Photo of wesclaypool
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a plastic cup at Tour De Fat in San Francisco.

a.) Had a great orange/amber look to it. Not much head.

s.). Surprisingly, not much aroma on this brew. A faint peach smell present, but not overwhelming.

t.) Very flavorful, to the point that I think you'll either love it or hate it. I'm not usually one for flavored beers, but I thought this was pretty good. The peach taste pretty much mutes out any hops or grain flavor, so it's not something to have 3 of, but for something different, it works.

m.) Because the peach flavor was so strong, it almost made it difficult to focus on anything but that. The overall mouthfeel seemed pretty neutral: not so thick that it was noticeable, but not so thin that it seems washed out and unpleasant.

If flavored beers aren't your thing (they aren't really mine, either) I doubt this beer is going to be the one to convert you. But if you're tired of IPAs and pale ales and want to switch it up, this one definitely works.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber pours a lightly hazed gold color with a fluffy white head. Fades pretty fast and leaves some nice, spotty lace.

Nose shows lots of peach and definitely a little leathery brett. I am surprised to see this doesnt have any bacteria, I guess it is the lemon peel giving off the tart, sour aroma. Smells pretty good, alot of stuff going on...

Hmmm, interesting....not necessarily delicious though. The brett and high ABV might have been a bit too ambitious. Im positive the molasses was a bad idea. Just too many conflicting flavors, there is the sweet remants of fermented peaches, tart lemon peel and hot alcohol, all covered by a woody brett blanket that does not go so well. Pretty bad experiment, if I do say so myself...like a bad homebrew experiment. G-Love deserves better than this...he likes cold beverages, uh-huh!

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Lips Of Faith - Peach Porch Lounger from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.